Train your space pilots on gliders.
First, spacecraft must slow from orbital velocity. This is done either using the atmosphere, or if the atmosphere is too thin such as Mars or the Moon, they must use engines.
Once that's done, most real spacecraft entrusted with human lives land using parachutes. This is simple and safe.
There are a handful of space planes, the space shuttle and X-37. They have wings and landing gear. They land as unpowered gliders on a long runway.
Parachutes. Landing gear. Wings. Runways. All of these are missing or from your typical sci-fi spacecraft. Sci-fi spacecraft are often bricks lacking even basic wings (think Star Trek shuttlecraft) and land vertically under raw power. Yet in an emergency they mysteriously glide.
Since this is tagged science-based, we'll ignore these magical flying bricks. Real flying bricks which can only land safely under raw power would never be rated safe for humans.
Let's say you have a sensible space plane which is capable of gliding. Its been slowed by the atmosphere, but finds itself still going way too fast. Power is out. What's the pilot to do?!
Deploy their parachutes.
What if there are no parachutes?
It's a glider, so it can trade velocity for altitude. Keeping the nose up retains altitude while shedding velocity. This gives the pilot more time to declare an emergency and reach a runway or highway to land on its landing gear which has wheels.
If no suitable runway is available, they look for a flat, open space. This could be a field or water. In a field they may decide to land with their landing gear down, but in water they will land with wheels up.
They will dump any remaining fuel and other flammable material to reduce the chance of fire.
"Skipping" will not help. Sci-fi spacecraft made of unobtanium make great gouges in the landscape as they bounce which would tear a spacecraft apart. Instead, the pilot will endeavour to land gently with as low a sink rate as possible. They will keep the nose up to avoid it digging into the ground and flipping the craft over.
If all goes well, the craft will gently touch the ground. It might bounce a few times. Eventually it will skid to a halt. Hopefully no fires will start as a result.